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Aug 21, 2014

Ailing slugger Despaigne deactivated

Newly acquired Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne has been deactivated from the Chiba Lotte Marines active roster after being diagnosed with a lower back injury, the Pacific League club said Thursday. Despaigne complained of pain in his right midriff and was replaced during the Marines’ ...

Nats keep win streak alive

Aug 21, 2014

Nats keep win streak alive

Bryce Harper has a suggestion for those looking for the perfect word to describe the Washington Nationals’ recent run of walk-off victories and nine straight wins overall. Harper scored the winning run on pinch hitter Anthony Rendon’s single in the ninth inning as Washington ...

Blue Jays rally past Brewers

Aug 21, 2014

Blue Jays rally past Brewers

Munenori Kawasaki hit a game-tying RBI double and scored the go-ahead run in a five-run sixth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-5 on Wednesday. With the Blue Jays trailing 3-2, Kawasaki came up with one out and ...

Aug 21, 2014

Tanaka says injured arm feels fine

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw 35 pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday as he continues his rehabilitation from an elbow injury. In his second bullpen session since going on the disabled list, Tanaka tested out his curve, slider and split-fingered fastball while ...

Aug 21, 2014

Giants score rare win with protest

The San Francisco Giants on Wednesday became the first team since 1986 to win a protest filed with Major League Baseball, and will now get to resume a rain-shortened game the Chicago Cubs thought they had won. MLB executive Joe Torre ruled on Tuesday ...

Narveson shines as Swallows edge Giants

Aug 20, 2014

Narveson shines as Swallows edge Giants

Lefty Chris Narveson overcame a shaky to start to go eight innings and pitch the Yakult Swallows past the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants 2-1 on Wednesday. Narveson (4-8) walked three of the first five batters he faced but found his rhythm and, with the ...

MLB names four stars for series against Samurai Japan

Aug 20, 2014

MLB names four stars for series against Samurai Japan

by Kaz Nagatsuka

As the Nichibei Yakyu extravaganza returns for the first time in eight years, Major League Baseball looks set to bring a serious squad to Japan come November. Three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols, currently of the Los Angeles Angels, and six-time All-Star Robinson Cano ...

Iwakuma masterful in win over Phillies

Aug 20, 2014

Iwakuma masterful in win over Phillies

The Seattle Mariners gave Hisashi Iwakuma an early lead and the pitcher took it from there. Iwakuma struck out a season-high 11 batters in eight scoreless innings and Kyle Seager homered to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies ...

Tigers take advantage of Rays error

Aug 20, 2014

Tigers take advantage of Rays error

Kevin Keirmaier blamed himself for Tuesday night’s 11-inning loss to the Detroit Tigers, but Joe Maddon wouldn’t let him. The Tampa Bay Rays’ rookie right fielder took a chance in the 11th, diving for Ian Kinsler’s leadoff hit, which got by him for a ...

Aug 20, 2014

Tanaka's second bullpen scheduled

Masahiro Tanaka will throw his second bullpen session Wednesday on the road to rejoining the New York Yankees’ rotation. The Yankees made the decision on Tuesday, when Tanaka, who has been on the disabled list with an elbow ligament injury, played catch for five ...

Aug 20, 2014

Scoring change alters Jeter mark

Turns out, the hit that tied Derek Jeter with Honus Wagner came a day later than everyone thought. Major League Baseball made an official scoring change Tuesday that took away an infield single from Jeter on Aug. 8 and instead charged Cleveland first baseman ...

Lions earn tie against League-leading Hawks

Aug 19, 2014

Lions earn tie against League-leading Hawks

Ernesto Mejia’s 23rd homer of the year and some outstanding work by the pitching staff earned the Seibu Lions a 2-2 tie against the Pacific League-leading SoftBank Hawks on Tuesday. In their last turn at bat in the 12th inning against Kazuki Miyata (0-0), ...